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Am I Eligible For Social Security Benefits If I Have Been Divorced?

General, Retirement / Decumulation, Life Events
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Updated 12/1/2023

Social Security benefits can be confusing for a divorced client. There are several important and unique issues that must be considered before filing a claim to collect Social Security benefits.

To help make the analysis easier, we have created the “Am I Eligible For Social Security Benefits If I Have Been Divorced?” flowchart. It addresses these common Social Security issues that arise for clients who have experienced a divorce, including:

  • How the length of a marriage affects eligibility
  • Impact of multiple divorces
  • How the time since the divorce occurred affects eligibility
  • Age that benefits can be collected
  • Possible reduction in benefits if collected before Full Retirement Age
  • Impact of a remarriage

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